Sneak Previews, Fall 2004

While waiting for I ♥ Huckabees (review forthcoming) to start, I caught a preview for an upcoming movie, White Noise (it has nothing to do with DeLillo’s book), a paranormal thriller in which the dead communicate with the living through household recording devices such as audiotape and videotape, a phenomenon described in this website (part of the film? yes? no? maybe?) for the “American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena“. There’s a clear connection here to my essay on The Ring and The Blair Witch Project, which deals with the concept of haunted technologies. What made the the preview interesting was its use of documentary conventions such as talking heads interviews (leading to comaprisons not only with Blair Witch but also with The Last Broadcast). I’m not sure yet what to do with that comparison because I haven’t seen the film yet, but I’ll be interested to see what White Noise does with these concepts.

Other films I’m curious to see: Kinsey, with Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) directing Liam Neeson as the famed researcher on human sexuality and Sideways, with Alexander Payne directing Paul Giamatti. That’s all for now.


  1. chuck Said,

    October 31, 2004 @ 1:22 am

    Actually, it just got rejected from a journal, something I didn’t want to mention in the original entry (no big deal, of course). I’ll be sending it out again soon, but now I’m trying to decide whether or not to hold onto it until after “White Noise” comes out so that I can make the article even more “timely.”

  2. chuck Said,

    October 31, 2004 @ 1:33 am

    Weird. I think that my computer is operating on a different “time” than yours because of Daylight Savins Time. It’s as if I’ve commented on your entry before you actually made it.

    Somehow it seems appropriate for this to be happening on Halloween….

  3. Jimbo Said,

    October 31, 2004 @ 1:49 am

    Is your essay published?


  4. kenrufo Said,

    October 31, 2004 @ 11:57 am

    Interesting. My dissertation was on spectrality and mediation, a theoretical blending of poststructuralist hauntology and media ecology. The two are related but very different projects (mine is much more of a theoretical overture), but I’d be interested in taking a look at your esssay should you feel comfortable sending out or posting sections for comment.

  5. chuck Said,

    October 31, 2004 @ 8:36 pm

    Ken, I may send you a copy soon. I’ve decided that the essay could use some revision, so I’d like to hold onto it for a couple of days….

    BTW, I’d enjoy seeing some of your work on the topic, too.

  6. Jimbo Said,

    November 1, 2004 @ 3:31 pm

    I’d be interested in seeing a copy of your article if you are willing to share it. Let me know and I’ll send you my email address.


  7. chuck Said,

    November 1, 2004 @ 4:13 pm

    Jimbo & Ken, if your email addresses are listed in your comments, I’ll forward you a copy of the paper this week. I’m fairly sure the paper needs revision at this point, so if you’re willing to offer comments, I’d be happy to share it.

  8. kenrufo Said,

    November 1, 2004 @ 5:47 pm

    For me, use the email addy associated with this comment, it handles attachments better than the one I use for blog issues. I’ll look forward to it 🙂

  9. chuck Said,

    November 1, 2004 @ 5:51 pm

    Oops, I just sent the email. I’ll resend it to the new email addy just in case.

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